Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

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Re: Highland Road Park Observatory 20th Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » October 14th, 2017, 4:51 pm

NASA Event: RS-25 Rocket Engine Test Firing
Broadcast on both NASA TVs
Date and Time: Thursday 19 October from 2:30pm to 3:30pm


The RS-25 was used to propel the Space Shuttle into low-Earth orbit. Now this same engine will be used for the upcoming Space Launch System. Come join us to watch this live broadcast of an RS-25 test firing, to take place at Stennis Space Center. There is no admission fee.

During the visit patrons can receive a free tour of HRPO's main building, donate to the Donation Drive (in pursuit of a brand-new spectroscope) and get more information about BREC skygazing times, LSU astronomy courses and membership in the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/two- ... or-testing
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Post by Christopher K. » October 16th, 2017, 1:24 pm

"The GOES-16 Satellite"
Date and Time: Friday 20 October at 7:30pm


The latest in the now legendary group of weather satellites has been invaluable in gathering data on heavy-hitting storms Harvey, Irma and Maria. In his first talk for HRPO, Channel 33 Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel will introduce this amazing hardware. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

About Jesse Gunkel:
http://www.brproud.com/meet-the-team/je ... el/3334794
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Post by Christopher K. » October 18th, 2017, 12:22 pm

The Spooky Spectrum
Saturday 21 October, 6pm to 10pm


Come visit on this night—if you dare—as HRPO delves into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics. We’ll have creepy science demonstrations, some of which we’ve never used. And don’t forget the stories. Strange sky phenomena…extra dimensions… extraterrestrials. Be warned—we want to make you think! This event has no admission fee and is for all ages. Binoculars are recommended for skygazing.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The front gate of HRPO will not be open until 5:45pm.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/spooky.html

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Post by Christopher K. » October 19th, 2017, 11:58 am

"The Spooky Sampler"
Date and Time: Friday 27 October at 7:30pm


Yet another brand-new offering to FNLS patrons! The Friday before Halloween will now be used to highlight a smorgasboard of unsettling stories, images and theories—for our adult audience. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.
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Post by Christopher K. » October 23rd, 2017, 2:32 pm

Science Academy
Topic: "Clouds"
Date and Time: Saturday 28 October at 10am


Clouds should be appreciated. From the glowing beauty of the noctilucents to the clunky, imposing lenticulars…clouds are Cadets’ friends! Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per child who resides in East Baton Rouge Parish, and six dollars per out-of-parish child.

[This SA session was originally scheduled for 16 September and had to be postponed.]

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html
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Post by Christopher K. » October 24th, 2017, 4:22 pm

Observe the Moon Night
Saturday 28 October, 7pm to 10pm


Our nearest celestial neighbor and constant companion has been visited by twelve human beings on six different occasions—and we’re going back! There’s nothing, however, to stop us from doing the next best thing right now. During this night of lunar excitement telescopes around the world will be pointed at our sole natural satellite. HRPO will showcase the best historical lunar imagery, fascinating displays describing fact-finding missions, Apollo landings, myths and little-known facts about the Moon. Telescope viewing will occur as usual, with the Moon taking precedence. Join us, and sketch the Moon while you’re here!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The front gate of HRPO will not be open until 6:45pm.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/omn.html

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Post by Christopher K. » October 31st, 2017, 2:24 pm

"Buying Your First Telescope"
Date and Time: Friday 3 November at 7:30pm


YPlease don’t buy a scope (especially as a gift for another) without doing some research first. Whether a scope is a good first telescope for someone depends on that person’s age and what he or she will tend to view most (the Moon and planets, or star clusters and nebulae). In almost every situation, a good scope will have to be mail-ordered. HRPO’s annual discussion of this issue increases the patron’s chance of getting the best deal for the money, and increases the chance of the gift being used on a regular basis. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

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Post by Christopher K. » November 7th, 2017, 4:19 pm

Light Pollution Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday 8 November from 5:45pm to 6:30pm


This Committee of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society has as its primary goal the reduction of light pollution in the greater Baton Rouge area. The public is invited and encouraged to sit-in, comment, report information and make suggestions. This is the final LPC meeting before the inaugural Natural Sky Conference on the 17th.

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Post by Christopher K. » November 8th, 2017, 6:12 pm

The Edge of Night
Date and Time: Friday 10 November from 4:45pm to 6:45pm


There is so much to see during twilight...airplanes, the first stars twinkling into view...sometimes there is even a visible pass or an Iridium flare! Weather permitting, twilight viewing will take place during this evening. It is for all ages and there is no admission fee (though we encourage patrons to bring binoculars).

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/edge.html

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Post by Christopher K. » November 10th, 2017, 2:21 pm

Science Academy
Topic: "Uranus and Neptune"
Date and Time: Saturday 11 November at 10am


The Ice Giants of the Solar System…far away, but their distinctive tints are unmistakeable in a telescope. Where did they originate? What would they be like if seen up close? Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per child who resides in East Baton Rouge Parish, and six dollars per out-of-parish child.

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